Big 12 20th Anniversary Salute: All-OSU Team

I have to admit that my 20th anniversary salute to the Big 12 project was a tough chore. I tried to pay homage to some certain rules that I like to abide by and one is that Heisman Trophy and national award winners rule. Also, when it comes to quarterbacks then I often will take quarterbacks that win championships over others.

I broke (or compromised) that rule with OU when I named both Heisman winners in Jason White and Sam Bradford and left off Josh Heupel, who led the Sooners to a national championship in 2000. I had to seriously weigh and consider quarterback Zac Robinson with the Cowboys and his overall offensive production while including Brandon Weeden, as both were deserving.

Saturday night we had our son and daughter-in-law and some of their friends and our friends over. Schools represented included Oklahoma State, OU, Kansas, and Kansas State. There were two former sports information student assistants and one that worked in the sports information office post graduation. The discussion raged, and while most of my decisions were agreed with or validated, I have to admit some were pointed out to be wrong or at least questionable.

It's fun to discuss and to consider. I have no problem with Oklahoma State fans, and a couple have, questioning my decisions. Both, by the way, questioned me leaving off Dez Bryant and on ability alone they are absolutely correct, but I had to consider production overall and Dez's actual playing time was too fleeting to match up with either Rashaun Woods or Justin Blackmon.

Now, I will expand my Oklahoma State list and here is a 20th Anniversary All-Oklahoma State Team from the Big 12 era.

Pos. - Player, Years Lettered
Offense
QB - Brandon Weeden, 2010-2011 - Big 12 champion team and all-time passing leader
RB - Kendall Hunter, 2007-2010 - Fourth all-time leading rusher
RB - Dantrell Savage, 2006-2007 - Second all-time rush avg. behind only Barry Sanders
WR - Rashaun Woods, 2000-2003 - Two-time All-American and NCAA record holder
WR - Justin Blackmon, 2009-2011 - Two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and second all-time leading receiver behind Woods
WR - Dez Bryant, 2007-2009 - Fourth all-time touchdown receptions
TE - Brandon Pettigrew, 2005-2008 - Highly explosive player at tight end
FB - Kye Staley, 2011-2013 - Came back from devastating knee injury to be productive blocker and threat
OT - Russell Okung, 2006-2009 - Two-time All-American started as a true freshman
OG - Lane Taylor, 2009-2012 - Battled and became a really outstanding offensive guard
OC - Grant Garner, 2010-2011 - Extremely smart and earned All-American honors
OG - Sam Mayes, 2001-2004 - A four-year starter and All-American
OT - Levy Adcock, 2010-2011 - Just two years but very productive and earned All-American honors

Defense
DE - Emmanuel Ogbah, 2013- current - Still playing and coming off Defensive Player of the Year honors
DT - Calvin Barnett, 2012-2013 - Two-year starter and two-time All-Big 12
DT - Kevin Williams, 1999-2002 - Athletic enough to play end but strong enough to play tackle; high on tfl and sack lists
DE - Nathan Peterson, 2004-2007 - Sixth all-time in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss
LB - Kenyatta Wright, 1996-1999 - 10th all-time in tackles for loss
LB - Greg Richmond, 2000-2003 - Fourth all-time in quarterback sacks
LB - Shaun Lewis, 2010-2013 - Fifth all-time in fumbles forced and ninth in fumbles recovered
CB - R.W. McQuarters, 1995-1997 - Played defense, offense, and returned kicks
Saf - Andre Sexton, 2006-2009 - Most tackles of any OSU defender in the Big 12 era with 320
Saf - Markelle Martin, 2008-2011 - Career was measured by knockouts rather than tackles
CB - Perrish Cox, 2006-2009 - Two-time All-American

Specialists
PK - Dan Bailey, 2007-2010 - Won the Lou Groza Award as top college kicker
P - Quinn Sharp, 2008-2012 - All-time leader in punt average at over 45.0
P/Ret - Darrent Williams, 2001-2004 - Averaged an amazing 21.91 yards per punt return in his career
KOR - Justin Gilbert, 2010-2013 - Had a career six kickoff returns for touchdowns


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